Safari in South Africa
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 17, 2012 8:47 AM Last Post By: SwagatKPL
Oct 31, 2012 1:25 AM
Safari in South AfricaTrying to plan a safari in South Africa for august/september 2013. Everything i seem to find includes city tours and wine country; i am not interested in either. would like a small group to cover the parks and reserves for 8 to 12 days with mostly game drives.
will be either coming from or going to Southern Tanzania.
any suggestions ascompanies or groups to contact?
Nov 1, 2012 11:13 AM
1Hello and you could try KwaZulu Natal. August is winter but north of Durban the weather is great for game viewing. There is a good selection of both private and govt. managed reserves offering diversity and price options. There are also some stunning beaches on that north coast. Its also whale watching season off the coast. Well worth considering and easy for self driving.
Nov 1, 2012 9:14 PM
2I get what you are saying on this one, it is too expensive to be paying safari daily rates for a night in a Joburg hotel.
I suggest you do the following:
1) book direct with a lodge. I stayed at Vuyani but there are heaps of them eg Sabi Sands etc.
2) arrange your own transfer and accommodation to and from the nearest hub.
The lodges will pick you up from airports railways etc.
This way you can go on the days you want but only pay safari rates when you are actually on safari. And you dont have to go to the other places.
For that many days I would stay at two different lodges, the most I would do at one lodge would be about 4 days
Nov 1, 2012 9:34 PM
Nov 3, 2012 9:25 AM
4I would self-drive and self-cater through Kruger for a reasonably priced safari and supplement it with 2 or 3 nights at a private lodge like in Sabi Sands. We really enjoyed Elephant Plains. The roads for the most part are good in ZA and GPS works well. The police may scam you for a bribe if you speed or they think they can get over on you. We've driven ourselves a number of times with no real issues. We never leave Kuger disappointed and easily spend 8 or 9 days covering the whole park, plus your days at a private lodge. Then drive yourself to JHB Airport staying in Pretoria at a nice guesthouse so you avoid night in Jo. Go to the craft market in Rosebanks in JHB for excellent crafts at a good price if you bargain hard. It's in a safe upscale area.
Nov 17, 2012 8:47 AM
My suggestion is to rent a car in Joburg when you land and drive to Kruger. You can stay in or outside the Park -- depending on how many you are, your options vary. If you stay in the Park, you can book morning, sunset and night drives with the camps. You can also book bush walks.
If you want to splurge a bit, spend 3 nights in a private reserve. I would highly recommend talking to Jacqui at Lodgetrackers to get her recommendations on private reserves and pricing.
Self-driving is easy, addictive and fun and as the Smiths point out -- never disappointing.
Hope this helps.
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